You probably have passed by a huge parcel of land that just goes on as far as the eye can see and wondered who owns it. It's a question that many of us ask. According to a recent report, only a handful of people own most of the land in Texas and around the country.

Biggest Landowners in America

Did you know about 60 percent of land in the United States is privately owned by just a few individuals and families? According to Successful Farming, to qualify as a major landowner, you must own a minimum of 243.75 square miles.

World Population Review lists the Emmerson Family as the largest landowner in the United States, with 2.3 million acres of land throughout three different states:  CaliforniaWashington, and Oregon.

The Land Report states that when Archie Aldis 'Red' Emmerson, the 93-year-old founder of Sierra Pacific Industries, acquired Seneca Jones Timber, the company became America’s largest private landowner.

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Largest Landowner in Texas

Over 95 percent of the State of Texas is privately owned. As of October 2022, King Ranch is the largest privately owned property in Texas, according to World Population Review. The ranch in Kingsville covers portions of six different Texas counties.

King Ranch in Texas

King Ranch is the largest ranch in the United States, located in South Texas between Corpus Christi and Brownsville. It is privately owned by around 60 people who are the descendants of Richard King.

To give you some perspective on the size of the property, King Ranch is larger than the entire state of Rhode Island (which has 776,900 acres). The ranch, which mainly raises cattle, has 825,000 acres split into four separate sections called Home Ranches, according to real estate website Sammy's Land For Sale. It was founded in 1853 by Captain Richard King and Gideon K. Lewis, according to the official ranch website.

See the full list of the largest landowners across the nation by state here.

The Most Dangerous City in Texas for 2022 May Surprise You

According to FBI statistics, Texas had 438 violent crimes and 2,562 property crimes per 100,000 residents as of this year. For every 100,000 residents, there are 224 police officers statewide.

Crime rates are expressed as the number of incidents per 100,000 people.

Who Are The 5 Richest People in Texas, Not Counting Elon Musk?

There are more billionaires in America than in any other country, according to Stacker. For some people, the money just keeps pouring in, as Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is projected to become the world’s first trillionaire by 2026.

However, Bezos is not the world's richest person right now. That title goes to the founder of SpaceX, Tesla, and the new owner of Twitter, Elon Musk. Musk owns a mansion in Austin but says his main home is a $50,000 rental from SpaceX in Boca Chica, Texas.

Forbes lists 63 billionaires in Texas, including Elon Musk. Let's find out who's at the top of the list in the Lone Star State for 2022, right behind Musk.

Hook ‘Em! 7 Celebrity Graduates From University of Texas at Austin

When you think of the University of Texas at Austin, what comes to your mind first? Is it celebrities? Of course, some celebrities are more vocal than others about their alma mater. Matthew McConaughey lets everyone know where he came from, so no surprises there. The actor is also a Professor of Practice at the university's Moody College of Communication, and graduated in 1993 with a Radio/TV/Film degree from UTA.

Aside from McConaughey, you might be surprised at some of the famous people who picked up a degree in the Lone Star State's capital city.

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